Ready for prime time

An evening drive to see the Christmas lights at Palisades Park has become a tradition for many Blount Countians. The Christmas lights will be on display from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. The park is closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. The array includes about 60 displays of lights, figures, memorials, and […]

Meeting features recognitions, routine business

Blount County Board of Education

The county board of education meeting featured a virtual banquet of special recognition highlights before the business meeting Monday, beginning with the swearing-in of three school board members (see photo page A13). School board officers for the coming school year were also elected, with Chris Latta repeating as president and Jackie Sivley repeating as vice president. Next, Southeastern School assistant […]

Board approves employee bonus, other routine items

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved a one-time salary adjustment in the net amount of $150 per employee at its business meeting Monday. A quorum was present for the meeting, including board president Don Maples and members Ricky Hicks, Sharon Breaseale, and Patrick Adams. Board member Steve Anderton was absent. The board approved all of Superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendations […]

Santa’s Workshop stages Christmas open house

Little known fact: Santa’s Workshop has an unofficial annex in Alabama. It’s hidden away deep in the underground recesses of Rickwood Caverns. And it’s open to the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., for 23 days before Christmas, Dec. 1 through Dec. 23. The photo shows Goliath (arrow), the largest calcite dripstone formation in the cave. Around its base […]


WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMS DISTRICT will have a year-end Christmas and recognition celebration on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at Hayden United Methodist Church Family Life Center. RSVP today, Nov. 28, to or 902-6109. ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. This year’s parade features floats, classic cars, marching bands, emergency vehicles, hoof […]

Scammy Christmas


It’s sad that scammers and thieves ramp up their efforts during this time of year, but that’s the world we live in. I received multiple calls over the weekend (three of which I answered before ignoring the rest) with a robotic voice telling me that the IRS has four charges against me and I should immediately call this number before […]

Out and About

What a jewel

The Locust Fork River is ready to give its “all” to the citizens of Blount County. It is a jewel and very significant in your quality of life. It needs to be treated with respect for us to continue to get the most benefit and pleasure. We cannot take it for granted or we will lose it (a healthy river). […]

OFFER Capital Campaign underway

The Oneonta Foundation for Education Resources (OFFER) recently kicked off the OFFER Capital Campaign in an effort to raise more than $100,000. The money will be matched dollar for dollar if they are awarded an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant that was applied for earlier this year. Because of the requirements of the ARC grant, the application has to define […]

Angels in Oneonta

Wanting to add even more beauty to this great county, the Oneonta Business Association teamed up with artist Tara Murphree (pictured above) to put an angel wing mural in motion. Located on Railroad Boulevard, and adjacent to the city’s gazebo and the utilities board, Murphree has spent more than 40 volunteer hours to make this concept a reality. While the […]

Recipe Corner

Cheeseburger Meatloaf 1 pound ground chuck1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp black pepper1 medium onion, chopped1 cup grated cheddar cheese2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce½ cup sour cream1 cup crushed Ritz crackers1 tsp seasoned saltCombine all ingredients and placeinto a large foil loaf pan. Bake at 350degrees for one hour. Sauce:1 can cream of mushroom soup1 cup milk1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese½ […]